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Try the Precision Plus software package by Loeske Technologies.  You can
find his advertisement in the Metal Construction News journal.

Brian K. Smith, P.E.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: aj_young [mailto:aj_young(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 1999 12:58 PM
> Subject: Software for metal building system
>     Are there anybody can kindly give me some advice on the analyze &
> design of the state-of-the-art metal building system which widely
> employed rigid frames with
> tapered elements (plate girders & plate columns) and cold rolled shapes.
>      Some manual method (still with the help of MathCad) advise to
> divide the whole length by 500mm/1'-6" long subsection or just divide by
> 20 pieces of
> subsection (the typical length of storage 12m/40? makes these two method
> the same). Are there any more accurate method for these frame per the
> rules of the
> ASD green manual? Can we do some actual modification to the monolithic
> stiffness matrix directly?
>      I also want to know if a combination with STAAD/Pro and some
> detailing software as the Xsteel ( ) can deal these
> well.
>     I'm thinking perhaps there already come forth some tools to do the
> designing of metal building systems much more productivity than what the
> Butler are doing
> now. You see, I have tens of calculation reports from them which show me
> the face twenty years ago! (Of course, to develop a system for use
> within a firm means a
> great investment for the logo of  "proprietary").
>      Perhaps you can help me to do smart choice.
>     Thanks in advance for any assistance.